Bianca Andreescu continued her breakout season Wednesday at Indian Well pounding former No. 1 Garbine Muguruza 6-0, 6-1 to reach her biggest semifinal of her career.
The 18-year-old Canadian defeated the two-time Grand Slam victor 6-0, 6-1, to be one of the last four women standing in the tournament.
Interest shot up even more Wednesday when Andreescu steamrolled over Garbine Muguruza of Spain, ranked 20th in the world and the victor of two Grand Slam tournaments.
"I just started playing these high-level events a year ago, and I think I'm gaining more and more experience after every match", Andreescu said. She didn't have such a good day. I felt she was holding back a lot so I just kept putting pressure. She just kept missing.
Andreescu, who has won 31 of her last 34 matches, says the secret to her success is mental discipline and meditation.
Ranked no.60 on paper the Canadian was the underdog against the 2-slams champion Garbine Muguruza that is now world no.20. Her new performance will take her to Top 40.
"It's been a really positive time for Canadian tennis", Raonic said, "and it's been a real inspiration and joy for me to see the progress". I played juniors with Marketa.
Andreescu ended 2018 ranked 178th in the world. I take 15 minutes every morning just to get in tune with my body, my mind.
Nishioka retired after losing the first set 6-4, having first sought treatment on court.
Struff had upset his German countryman Alexander Zverev, the No. 3 seed, earlier in the tournament.
However, 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov couldn't make it a Canadian sweep.
Shapovalov, of Richmond Hill, will square off with unseeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in the round of 16.
Andreescu, 18, improved to 25-3 in the 2019 season with a 7-5, 6-2 win over No. 18 seed Wang Qiang of China in a round of 16 match. "It happened a little faster than I expected, but I knew it would happen". Just wasn't able to convert when I wanted to. "I'm beyond grateful. And today I think I just played my best tennis - one of the best matches I've ever played", Andreescu said during her on-court interview after the victory. All three matches started within about 20 minutes of each other. "It was not a flawless match for me, but I was fighting", said Svitolina. "It all comes down to good days and bad days, and today I had one of my best days".
Andreescu, meanwhile, was the story of the day from a Canadian perspective. "I'm happy for her".
All three will head to the Miami Open next week, where another Canadian teen, Montreal's Félix Auger-Aliassime, will play the qualifying.
"I think that kind of constant national competition made them strive and try to make the most of things". "This year all the wins have definitely given me confidence".
Raonic will play lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia in a Thursday quarterfinal.
The Andreescu and Raonic matches finished nearly simultaneously, as their compatriot Shapovalov was still on court.